Funding for Youth Development

Positive Experiences + Positive Relationships + Positive Environments = Positive Youth Development

Based on the literature, the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, a collaboration of 19 federal departments and agencies that support youth, has created the following definition of positive youth development (PYD):

PYD is an intentional, prosocial approach that engages youth within their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups, and families in a manner that is productive and constructive; recognizes, utilizes, and enhances young people's strengths; and promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships, and furnishing the support needed to build on their leadership strengths.

The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs developed a research agenda focused on positive youth development. Through a collaborative consensus-building process, representatives from federal agencies identified three research domains (conceptual issues, data sources and indicators, and program implementation and effectiveness) and key research questions that could benefit from future research.

PYD has its origins in the field of prevention. In the past, prevention efforts typically focused on single problems before they surfaced in youth, such as teen pregnancy, substance abuse, and juvenile delinquency.

Over time, practitioners, policymakers, funders, and researchers determined that promoting positive asset building and considering young people as resources were critical strategies. As a result, the youth development field began examining the role of resiliency - the protective factors in a young person's environment - and how these factors could influence one's ability to overcome adversity. Those factors included, but were not limited to, family support and monitoring; caring adults; positive peer groups; strong sense of self, self-esteem, and future aspirations; and engagement in school and community activities.

Researchers and practitioners began to report that young people who possess a diverse set of protective factors can, in fact, experience more positive outcomes. These findings encouraged the development of interventions and programs that reduce risks and strengthen protective factors. The programs and interventions are strengthened when they involve and engage youth as equal partners, ultimately providing benefits for both for the program and the involved youth.


Foundation and philanthropic support for youth development from around the Web.

Big Donations for Youth Development
Foundation: Central Valley Community Foundation

Over $500,000 was awarded by the Central Valley Community Foundation to seven community organizations for work in youth development. Fresno County in California has a high rate of teen pregnancy...more

Golden State Warriors Donate $530000 for Underserved Youth in the Bay Area

The Warriors Community Foundation, along with the Koret Foundation, Taube Family Foundation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company, picked up the Hoops for Kids program again. Through this program, the...more

Volunteer Connect gets grants to expand youth volunteering

Volunteer Connect has received money, in the form of grants, which has allowed them to expand their youth volunteering team. The volunteers work with younger children on homework, physical...more

Grants given to these 6 Somali groups in MN to counter violent extremism

Terrorism in today's world comes in many different ways and utilizes every single kind of communication available, leaning heavily on social media. In order to combat this threat, 6 prominent Somali...more

Foundation gets $1 million donation for kids
Foundation: North Valley Community Foundation

North Valley Community Foundation has launched a Children's Endowment Fund in order to provide grants trough the Youth Development Grant Program. Grants valuing from anywhere from twenty five hundred...more

Funders for Youth Nutrition: A Growing Trend in the Quest for Food Equity
Foundation: General Mills Foundation, Johnson Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The government estimates that by 2030 42% of Americans will be obese, loosing $1 trillion dollars to medical care and lowered productivity. In light of this, funding youth nutrition is a growing...more

Gannett Foundation Announces Available Grants For Bromsgrove Charities

Gannett Co Inc.'s charitable legacy, the Gannett Foundation, is inviting registered charities in Bromsgrove to apply for a grant. The foundation awards funding to charities with projects that take...more

Applications for Grants Available in Central Victoria

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) has announced its applications for grants of up to $10,000 for charitable projects in the wider Goulburn Valley, in central Victoria. The...more

Health Department Gets $213,000 Grants from AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation\'s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program awarded a $213,000 grant to the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department to support its Appalachian Partnership...more

PSEG Foundation Now Accepting Grant Applications to Further STEM Education
Foundation: PSEG Foundation

The PSEG Foundation, a nonprofit that invests in programs that support education, is now accepting applications from afterschool, summer and youth development programs. The grants to be awarded...more

Government Support for Youth Development Programs

Request for Information for the Offices of Food for Peace and Foreign Disaster Assistance
Haiti USAID-Port Au Prince
The U.S. Agency for International Development seeks information to create new pathways to work with local civil society and religious organizations in our disaster preparation, relief, and recovery...more
Posted On - 2018-03-16

OJJDP FY 2018 Specialized Services and Mentoring for Child and Youth Victims of Sex Trafficking
Haiti USAID-Port Au Prince
The purpose of this program is to enhance the capacity of applicant organizations to respond to the needs of child victims of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE)/domestic sex trafficking (DST)....more
Posted On - 2018-03-16

FY 2018 TechGirls Central Asia Program
Bureau Of Educational and Cultural Affairs
The Office of Citizen Exchanges, Youth Programs Division, of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces an open competition for the FY 2018 TechGirls Central Asia Program. U.S....more
Posted On - 2018-03-14

Healthy Transitions: Improving Life Trajectories for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Disorders Program (Short Title: Healthy Transitions)
Bureau Of Educational and Cultural Affairs
The purpose of this program is to improve access to treatment and support services for youth and young adults, ages 16-25, who have a serious emotional disturbance (SED) or a serious mental illness...more
Posted On - 2018-03-13

1994 Tribal Colleges Extension Grant Program
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
The purpose of the Tribal Colleges Extension Program (TCEP) is to give reservation communities opportunities for enhanced agricultural productivity, community resilience, economic growth and youth...more
Posted On - 2018-03-09

Centers for Independent Living Competition - South Dakota
Administration for Community Living
Applicants should be prepared to demonstrate that they can comply with standards and assurance as outlined in section 725 of Subchapter C of title VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended...more
Posted On - 2018-03-07

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